As a manufacturer, the prospect of having to replace your machinery is never a pleasant one, and probably something you’ll want to put off. However, at some point, you need to seriously consider whether or not the equipment you currently have meets the operational requirements of your business. This week, we run through five clear signs it’s time to invest in some new machinery.
It doesn’t fit in with your current system
A machine can only be an asset to your business if it is able to be properly integrated into your production system. A machine that runs too fast, too slow, or on a completely different operating system to the other elements in your production line makes it impossible to get the most out of your system. After all, a chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link.
It slows the workflow
By extension, if a machine can’t work in tandem with others in the system to achieve a consistent workflow, it needs to be replaced.
There is safer technology on the market
Whilst it’s not always economically viable or sensible to always buy the newest, flashiest model on the market, in the manufacturing world operational health and safety considerations are paramount, so if there is a new technology on the market that reduces the workplace hazards faced by your employees, it’s well worth investing in.
It has suffered several breakdowns over the past year
As a machine is coming to the end of it’s working life, the various working parts will begin to wear out and break down. If you’ve noticed an increase in the number of breakdowns or part replacements in the last twelve months, then it’s probably time to start thinking about upgrading.
It has escalating operating and maintenance costs
By the same token, if the operational costs of the machinery such as it’s energy consumption and maintenance requirements increase, then a new machine may be a more economically viable option.
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